Johnny Bench called

I see a few people are coming to our blog searching for “Archer “Johnny Bench called”” or “what does “Johnny Bench called” mean.”

“Johnny Bench called” was a joke used in the TV show “Archer,” episode 1.2, which premiered last week.

Johnny Bench was a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds, regarded as one of the best in history.  During games, catchers deliver signals to the pitcher by flashing signs with their fingers over their crotch region to hide from the opposing team’s dugout or runners on base.  I hope this answers any questions.

Also, “Archer” is a great show, check it out.  Thursdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

E: Also, someone in the comments section pointed this out, which def. makes the joke better.



Filed under miscellaneous, MLB history

29 responses to “Johnny Bench called

  1. Your Wrong

    Wrong. “johnny bench called” is another way of saying “catch ya later”.

      • phoenix

        Yes they are wrong… It’s short for “Johnny Bench called, he wan’t his mitt back” Hmmm, leathery old worn out mit… Old woman…

        Well, except the time someone does say “Your Johny Benchian fingers” Because Lana’s running huge hand joke, and Johnny bench could hold 7 baseballs with one hand (he had some big ol hands too, so double sided joke).

  2. I’ve never heard that before in my life, but that def. makes the joke better. I’ll add it to the post

  3. Dawn

    I think you’re both right. My husband and I just thought he was saying “catch you later” until just now when I read out loud the little blurb about who Johnny Bench was and his position on the team (we knew who it was, but it didn’t dawn on us until we read it aloud).

    It didn’t really to make any sense until we put two and two together.


  4. J Hizzle

    “Catch ya Later” was also the title of Johnny Bench’s autobiography.

    • Chris

      Wrong. Catch Every Ball was the title of his autobio. Johnny Bench called is a masturbation reference, and that is all.

      • Matt

        This is 100% correct…
        he is referencing the way a female masturbates – comparing it to the way a catcher (in this case johnny bench) flutters his fingers… Archer is hillarious

  5. Michael David

    No, it’s not “catch you later”. Check out the context of the scene. Archer walks in and catches his mother playing with herself as she talks dirty on the phone with some Russian guy. Archer then says, “Ok, your own fingers”. His mom says, “what”? Then Archer says, “Johnny Bench called”. Clearly these are two references to what his mother was doing when he walked in, which is using her fingers on a a most delicate region of her body.

    • Alex

      Hey!! Every one here is right! Johnny Bench Called is often used as a get-out-of-an-akward-situation, or as catch you later and as a masturbation reference. Check urban dictionary, they have all th meanings including the reference from Archer

      • Keef

        What is with all these fools citing Urban Dictionary? It is not a legitimate source by any stretch of the imagination.

    • Steven Smith

      Hilarios! Most ‘delicate region’…. dude it’s called a V A G I N A! What’s with men that can’t say vagina?

  6. And maybe you just got your face kicked off. That is my foot in your face. Smell the embarrassment!

  7. TheProfessor69

    Johnny Bench does have some of the biggest and longest fingers ever … also “catcher’s mitt” is a term for an older woman’s most private area. Also they do have operations to cure that now, and they are very popular for the woman who is concerned about her #*s%y looking anthing like an old catcher’s mitt … if you know what I mean.

  8. Yerzhan

    Chris // May 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Reply

    Wrong. Catch Every Ball was the title of his autobio. Johnny Bench called is a masturbation reference, and that is all.
    Oh yeah? Then what’s this

    kids ghost story?

  9. Andrea

    By the way, it smells like a whorehouse in here.

  10. sortaisle

    I think the phrase was written for both references. The whole season they did double metaphors. The writers are fricken geniuses about it. Everyone is right. Johnny Bench called.

  11. Jax

    “Johnny Bench called”…he wants his mitt back. It’s a reference to how big Lana’s hands are.

    • billy

      cept the first time he says it its to his mother. DERF DERF DERF.

      It seems to be a crummy double entendre, at best. Johnny bench called doesn’t fit as a masturbation reference in this joke. That’s the “your own fingers” bit.
      If it was just a ref to rubbing one out.. what did johnny bench call for? ” What in the ever fucking jesus do you people think the punch line is? “He want’s his hand signals back?” “he wants to compare female masturbation techniques?” Come on… don’t be a bunch of unfunny asses. The only answer is “He wants his catcher’s mitt back”

      Ass douche.

  12. JB

    It’s a masturbation reference.

    A catcher’s mitt is a euphemism for a woman’s vagina– particularly an older woman (or a whore) because it’s been “broken in” and “beaten up” so to speak, as a catcher’s mitt would.

    The joke “X called…” is usually followed by “he/she wants his/her Y back,” and so the idea is that Johnny Bench called, he wants his catcher’s mitt back. In other words, Archer was making it known that he knows that she was playing with herself (playing with the catcher’s mitt).

    At first I assumed that Archer chose Johnny Bench for the joke because he is one of the greatest catchers of all time, who played a while ago and for a long time, it makes the reference sting more because his catcher’s mitt is even older and in worse shape than say a catcher’s mitt of today. That Johnny Bench actually had an autobiography entitled Catch You Later makes the joke even better because it can be passed off as a double entendre for “see you later.”

  13. tSquip

    “…and he wants his glove back.” You have a worn out vaj.

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